Its a collection of essays. That these are essays and not a single topic book, is one thing I missed realizing in the beginning. I kept searching for a unifying theme and continuity and would have saved myself the useless search if I'd read the back cover to start with.
For the remaining part, I'd say the first few essays on the Bimaru states were rather bleak. Maybe these were targeted at a western audience, for myself I can't say I learnt, the sad state of affairs is well know, and couldn't find many insights.
The remaining few essays, specially the one on the island of reunion were rather more interesting. Also the ones on Pakistan.
Overall not bad, although perhaps it can be read selectively.